So you’ve decided that conventional laundry detergents have to many potentially harmful ingredients and you’re ready to dive into toxicant-free/toxicant-less washing and drying. 

The thing is, you’re not sure where to begin. It’s simple really. There is zero stress involved. Here are 4 ways you can reduce toxicants in your laundry.

Buy Toxicant-free/Less

Find retailers that offer toxicant-free and toxicant-less selections. There are many toxic-less/toxicant-free retailers online and in brick and mortar locations, including I. O. Beauty Market.

These companies do the laborious work for you. They scour and vet vendors in order to bring you the very best in safe and effective beauty and wellness products.

Ditch the dryer sheets

Dryer sheets smell good, and yes they make clothes softer and reduce static electricity. But did you know that they contain artificial fragrances? Fragrance can contain phthalates, which are known allergens and hormone disruptors.

Ditch the dryer sheets and opt for wool dryer balls instead. They are 100% natural and free of harmful, synthetic additives. In addition, they help to speed up the drying process and one dryer ball goes a lot farther than one box of dryer sheets.

If you want great smelling laundry, it’s easy. Buy the essential oil of your choice, add a few drops to your dryer ball, and voila! Fresh, fragrant laundry

Forget about fabric softener

Fabric softeners are filled with fragrances. I know they smell deliciously good. But the reality is that fragrances can contain phthalates, a known endocrine/hormone disruptor. Our hormones dictate so much of how our body responds physically and emotionally.

Who wants to have to deal with environmental factors influencing and disrupting the natural progression of their hormones? Not I. How about you?

DIY – Do it yourself

If you’re the do it yourself kind, you can certainly make your own laundry detergent. Ingredients include borax, bar soap, and washing soda. Of course, all you have to do is google how to make laundry detergent and you’ll be on your DIY way.

Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a wife, mama, science educator, author, certified health coach and entrepreneur. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Redbook, Natural Health, Instyle, Working Woman, Huffington Post, Essence Online, Tampa Tribune and more. She is currently the Chief Self-care Connoisseur and founder of I. O. Beauty Market, where she curates products that are free of toxic, harmful ingredients.

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